Maximus Air Cargo, the UAE’s largest all air cargo operator, went big true to its name last night at Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC). The Antonov 124-100, a beast of an aircraft with a payload of up to 120 tonnes, became the largest civilian aircraft to touch the tarmac at the recently launched Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport.
This was another significant milestone for cargo operations at Dubai’s new airport, which was launched by Dubai Airports on June 27, 2010. The first phase of the airport has a capacity for 250,000 tonnes of cargo and five million passengers per annum. Once completed, it will be the world’s largest passenger and cargo hub with a capacity of over 12 million tones of cargo a year and in excess of 160 million passengers.
It was significant that UAE-grown Maximus Air Cargo, part of Abu Dhabi Aviation Group and SCATA Cargo Operator of the year, made a fittingly heavyweight debut to phase one’s cargo operations. Commenting on this Andrew Walsh, VP Cargo and Logistics Dubai Airports said
“We welcome Maximus Air Cargo to the growing stable of airlines at Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International. Cargo operations are growing fast as the airport offers attractive commercial opportunities and is already on course to become a global cargo hub. We look forward to working with Maximus in the future.”
Fathi H. Buhazza, President and CEO of Maximus Air Cargo and founder of Care by Air said
“This is a symbolic occasion. As the UAE’s largest all air cargo operator we are delighted that our Antonov 124 has landed at the airport for the first time. This is the start of a long relationship and we are proud of the great vision of the UAE in developing a global, commercial, trade and logistics hub that will facilitate the region’s growth. We wholeheartedly support this vision.”